Tennessee Ranks Lower This Year For Child Well-Being
The Annie E. Casey Foundation released its latest data on the well-being of the nation’s children this morning and Tennessee’s ranking is down from last year. The state ranks 39th for overall child well-being, down three positions from last year. The numbers evaluate child well-being through 2010 and 2011. A quarter of all Tennessee children live in poverty; the state ranked 33rd in child health, and 42nd for education. Tennessee did see improvement in preschool attendance and high school graduation rates. Nationally, a number of new trends include an historically low birth rate among teens, improvement in Math proficiency in 46 states, and a rise in the number of children with health insurance.